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January 21, 2014, Washington, DC: We went trudging today before sunset. Authentic, bundled, Chicago-style trudging. We went trudging to reestablish some sort of connection to the outside world. We went trudging because a glorious long weekend with today’s snow day tacked on for good measure was starting to feel like a waste with coughs, colds and throat lozenges stacked up like a barricade at the front door. We wrestled past the obstacles and trudged out onto the silent street, following a path of green lights and walk signs throughout the neighborhood.

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When we arrived in Lincoln Park, we were pleasantly surprised. Many other people had trudged there too.

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They’d trudged past the beautiful snow-covered apartment buildings and homes lining the park.

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Past the stores with Christmas lights and a firepit smoking outside.

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They had trudged there with their strollers.

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And their footballs.

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And their sleds.

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Some had trudged to Lincoln Park searching for adventure.

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Most, it seemed, came searching for interaction.

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Everyone, it appeared, was seeking connection.

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We trudged here to break the isolation of January.

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If just for a few minutes before turning around, uplifted, and bouncing back home.

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